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Yu-Li Huang, Sarah M Bach
BACKGROUND: Patient access to care has been a known and continuing struggle for many health care providers. In spite of appointment lead time policies set by government or clinics, the problem persists. Justification for how lead time policies are determined is lacking. OBJECTIVES: This paper proposed a data-driven approach for how to best set feasible appointment target lead times given a clinic's capacity and appointment requests. METHODS: The proposed approach reallocates patient visits to minimize the deviation between actual appointment lead time and a feasible target lead time...
October 19, 2016: Applied Clinical Informatics
Kevin Wong, Jessica R Levi
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Evaluate the readability of pediatric otolaryngology-related patient education materials from leading online sources. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. METHODS: All pediatric otolaryngology-related articles from the online patient health libraries of the top 10 US News & World Report-ranked children's hospitals, top 5 Doximity-ranked pediatric otolaryngology fellowships, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery were collected...
October 18, 2016: Laryngoscope
Sarah P Justvig, Justine Li, Giuseppina Caravella, Minqin Chen, Hua Wang, Lisa A Benz Scott, Susmita Pati
While CHW interventions improve health outcomes, evidence identifying specific domains of CHW-delivered support resulting in positive outcomes is limited. Our goals were to identify domains of CHW-delivered support that assist families with adhering to recommended pediatric care; and, to identify predictors of successful completion of an enriched medical home intervention (EMHI) using trained CHWs making home visits to provide health education and support positive health behaviors. We performed a prospective descriptive study of 88 families participating in a protocol-based EMHI...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Community Health
Charles A Mkony, Ephata E Kaaya, Alex J Goodell, Sarah B Macfarlane
BACKGROUND: Faced with one of the lowest physician-to-population ratios in the world, the Government of Tanzania is urging its medical schools to train more physicians. The annual number of medical students admitted across the country rose from 55 in the 1990s to 1,680 approved places for the 2015/16 academic year. These escalating numbers strain existing faculty. OBJECTIVE: To describe the availability of faculty in medical schools in Tanzania. DESIGN: We identified faculty lists published on the Internet by five Tanzanian medical schools for the 2011/12 academic year and analyzed the appointment status, rank, discipline, and qualifications of faculty members...
2016: Global Health Action
Shona C Hang, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Kevin J Kelly, Diane M Howell, Michael J Steiner
We conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate timeliness of patient arrival at a pediatric multispecialty clinic. Bivariate and ordered logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine the odds of late arrival by specified patient- and visit-level characteristics. A total of 64 856 visits were available for analysis, of which 6513 (10.0%) were late arrivals. The odds of late arrival were higher for patients who spoke English (odds ratio [OR] = 1.34, P < .001) compared with those who spoke Spanish, had Medicaid (OR = 1...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Pediatrics
Justin P Wagner, Alexander D Schroeder, Juan C Espinoza, Jonathan R Hiatt, John D Mellinger, Robert A Cusick, Robert J Fitzgibbons, Giampiero Campanelli, Marta Cavalli, Sergio Roll, Rodrigo A Silva, Wolfgang Reinpold, Louis-Franck Télémaque, Brent D Matthews, Charles J Filipi, David C Chen
Importance: Sustainable, capacity-building educational collaborations are essential to address the global burden of surgical disease. Objective: To assess an international, competency-based training paradigm for hernia surgery in underserved countries. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this prospective, observational study performed from November 1, 2013, through October 31, 2015, at 16 hospitals in Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic, surgeons completed initial training programs in hernia repair, underwent interval proficiency assessments, and were appointed regional trainers...
October 5, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Júnia Maria Serra-Negra, Mariana Batista Ribeiro, Ivana Meyer Prado, Saul Martins Paiva, Isabela Almeida Pordeus
AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between possible sleep bruxism and sleep characteristics in children. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional study was conducted through data collection of a pre-tested questionnaire answered by 111 parents on behalf of their children in the waiting room during their appointment at the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic of a public Brazilian university. The diagnosis of possible sleep bruxism was based on the international classification of sleep disorders (ICSD) criteria...
October 3, 2016: Cranio: the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
Dana L Noffsinger, Susan R Johnson, Krista Wheeler, Junxin Shi, Huiyun Xiang, Jonathan I Groner
A pediatric nurse practitioner and an occupational therapist were impressed by the number and severity of treadmill-related hand burns encountered in their outpatient burn clinic. They observed that treadmill burns appeared to be deeper compared with other contact hand burns. Literature review revealed that research was inadequate in this area. A retrospective chart review was conducted, and a total of 384 patients were found to receive treatments at a regional level 1 pediatric burn center for treadmill and contact hand burns from 2010 to 2014...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Pascale Roger Dalbert, Marie-Charlotte d'Anjou
Compilio is a free and secure personal health record (PHR). It is an Internet based innovative tool for families and health professionals. Compilio aims to improve the coordination of the care course for people having specific needs related to a handicap or a chronic disease. Compilio is a project of the "Agence régionale de Santé Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes" and the NGO network R4P (Regional Network of Pediatric Re-education and Re-adaptation in Rhône-Alpes), developed with the participation of Civil hospices of Lyon and GCS SISRA...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Sejal H Patel, Sunju Park, Jamie B Rosenberg
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare pediatric and adult ophthalmology consultations in an urban academic center. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients evaluated by the ophthalmology consultation service from January through June 2014 was conducted. RESULTS: A total of 751 inpatients and emergency department patients were evaluated by the ophthalmology consultation service, of whom 152 (20.4%) were children and 598 (79...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Lisa A Hark, Eileen L Mayro, Judie Tran, Michael Pond, Rachel Schneider, Justin Torosian, Melanie Snitzer, Nooreen Dabbish, Alex V Levin
BACKGROUND: The Wills Eye Vision Screening Program for Children is a community-based vision screening program for children in urban Philadelphia elementary schools that aims to provide vision screening, remedy refractive error by providing glasses, and refer children with suspected nonrefractive eye disease for eye care. METHODS: Children in grades K-5 from 45 Philadelphia elementary schools were screened for distance and near visual acuity, stereopsis, and color vision from January 2014 to June 2015...
September 16, 2016: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Elizabeth A Kessler, Ashley K Sherman, Mara L Becker
BACKGROUND: There is a critical shortage of pediatric rheumatologists in the US. Substantial travel to clinics can impose time and monetary burdens on families. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cost of in-person pediatric rheumatology visits for families and determine if telemedicine clinics resulted in time and cost savings. Factors associated with interest in telemedicine were also explored. METHODS: Surveys were offered to parents and guardians of patients in Pediatric Rheumatology follow-up clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, the primary site of in-person care, and at a telemedicine outreach site 160 miles away, in Joplin, Missouri...
September 20, 2016: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
Tadao Kakizoe
A brief description of the history of Cancer Control in Japan was presented for the first time. The establishment of the National Cancer Center and Comprehensive 10-year Strategy for Cancer Control Program, which has been implemented for 30 years, is most important. In response to the concerns raised by cancer patients, their families, and lay people, such as elimination of disparity arising from where they live or which hospital they attend, and asymmetrical cancer information, the Cancer Control Act was established in 2006 and executed in 2007...
September 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Philip B Cawkwell, Lily Lee, Jenni Shearston, Scott E Sherman, Michael Weitzman
INTRODUCTION: There has been a sharp decline in adolescents who smoke cigarettes but no national-level study evaluating the impact of smoking cessation counseling by pediatricians or other clinicians who care for children. METHODS: Combined data from ambulatory portions of the National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey and National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 1997-1999 and 2009-2011 were analyzed to determine changes in the frequency of pediatric visits that included clinician-reported tobacco counseling and how such counseling varied by child, family, and clinician characteristics...
July 11, 2016: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Dafna Benadof, Evlambia Hajishengallis, Amanda Cole, Carolina Vidal
BACKGROUND: The parent's ability to obtain, process, and understand important oral health information (i.e., their oral health literacy) is directly related to their child's oral health status. AIM: To assess the relationship between oral literacy demands placed on parents by dentists and parents' understanding of dental information given to them. DESIGN: Thirty-one consenting primary caregivers of children attending their first dental visit completed a demographic survey, a REALD-30 test, and a survey to test understanding of dental information...
September 9, 2016: International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Kevin B Yarbrough, Megha M Tollefson, Alfons L Krol, Sabra L Leitenberger, Julianne A Mann, Carol J MacArthur
BACKGROUND: In recent years propranolol has become the treatment of choice for infantile hemangiomas (IHs). There is broad variation in the approach to propranolol initiation in clinical practice. This retrospective study explored the effectiveness of routine pre-treatment ECG in screening infants being considered for systemic treatment with propranolol. METHODS: All patients seen in the outpatient pediatric dermatology clinics at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) and The Mayo Clinic Rochester (MCR), as well as those seen in multidisciplinary vascular anomalies clinics, who had ECGs obtained prior to planned initiation of propranolol for treatment of IH from 2008 to 2013, were identified...
September 7, 2016: Pediatric Dermatology
Simone Punch, Bram Van Dun, Alison King, Lyndal Carter, Wendy Pearce
This article presents the clinical protocol that is currently being used within Australian Hearing for infant hearing aid evaluation using cortical auditory evoked potentials (CAEPs). CAEP testing is performed in the free field at two stimulus levels (65 dB sound pressure level [SPL], followed by 55 or 75 dB SPL) using three brief frequency-distinct speech sounds /m/, /ɡ/, and /t/, within a standard audiological appointment of up to 90 minutes. CAEP results are used to check or guide modifications of hearing aid fittings or to confirm unaided hearing capability...
February 2016: Seminars in Hearing
Kristy D M Wittmeier, Gayle Restall, Kathy Mulder, Brenden Dufault, Marie Paterson, Matthew Thiessen, Lisa M Lix
BACKGROUND: Children with complex needs can face barriers to system access and navigation related to their need for multiple services and healthcare providers. Central intake for pediatric rehabilitation was developed and implemented in 2008 in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada as a means to enhance service coordination and access for children and their families. This study evaluates the process and impact of implementing a central intake system, using pediatric physiotherapy as a case example...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Janelle L Wagner, Pamela L Ferguson, Tanja Kellermann, Gigi Smith, Byron Brooks
The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of a behavioral health referral protocol and barriers to behavioral health care in a pediatric epilepsy clinic. A sample of 93 youth with epilepsy ages 10-17 and caregivers completed behavioral health and seizure severity measures during a routine epilepsy clinic visit. Key findings are that 47 (50.5%) of the youth screened positive for a behavioral health referral, and 35 of these youth were referred for behavioral health services. However, only 20% made and presented for the behavioral health appointment...
August 17, 2016: Epilepsy Research
Jeffrey R Savarino, Jess L Kaplan, Harland S Winter, Christopher J Moran, Esther J Israel
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of the intestine which can lead to malnutrition, poor quality of life, and colon cancer.(1-4) Although there is no cure for the disease, clinical remission is the primary goal.(5) The Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) adopted a Previsit Planning (PVP) model to identify and discuss symptomatic patients prior to their appointments to identify specific issues that impact disease management...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
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